With winter approaching, it’s important to include roof preparation on your to-do list. Winter weather brings ice, snow, and melted water, which can all cause damage if your roof isn’t prepared.
Is your roof ready for the cold weather? Let’s discuss the different ways you can prepare your home for the winter to prevent potential damage from cold weather.
1. Trim your trees
Making sure your property’s trees are trimmed and broken branches are removed is crucial during winter weather. The branches will scratch the roof and rub off the granules, which are the first layer of protection on the shingle. If they are not there, then the shingle starts to break down. Ice branches falling onto the roof can penetrate the roof deck causing a potential leak. Trees can also drop debris onto your roof, causing mold or mildew.
2. Remove debris
Windy weather can cause leaves to collect on your roof, as well as dirt and other debris. Debris can hold moisture, causing the debris to clog your gutters and grow mold. Regularly removing any debris encourages healthy water drainage and protects the structural integrity of your roof.
3. Clean the gutters
Gutters control the water flow during storms to keep water away from the foundation of your home. If your gutters become clogged with debris, an overflow of water from ice or melted snow can damage your roof and other exterior parts of your home. Routinely cleaning the gutters will aid in preventing your home from water damage.
4. Have routine roof inspections
Having routine roof inspections at least twice a year will allow contractors to find and repair issues before the next season, preventing further damage. Land Roofing Enterprises offers a preventative roof maintenance program to prevent problems from occurring and keep your home safe.
All four of these preventative tips will protect your home not only during the winter months but during the other seasons as well. Need a roof inspection? Contact Land Roofing for a free inspection and an estimate for roof inspection before Oklahoma’s winter weather arrives!